This operation is one that has most progressed in the last 20 years.
In early days, it consisted of removing small circular islands from the scalp at the posterior area of the head where the hair strands have no genetic message of falling precociously. These islands, from 2, 3, 4mm. in diameter, were transplanted to the bald area.
Although the hair growed efficiently, the circular islands and the too delineated boundaries caused an unnatural aspect, resembling the so called “doll’s hair”.
The technique has evolved much after removal of islands from the healthy hair was replaced by micro-islands: a strip of hairy tissue is microscopically analyzed and separated into hundreds of micro-islands with 1.2 or 3 hair bulbs each.
These micro-islands are inserted into the receptor site through minimal perforations with a needle.
So the results are, one might say, very natural, almost perfect. A large percentage of the transplanted hairs “remain intact”, they grow naturally, and after the three months’ post operation – they can already be combed – at 6 months, cut. In addition, the implanted hair does not have the tendency to fall, remaining in-tact for the rest of the life.
It is a surgery usually performed under local anesthesia and, most of the times, the patient is discharged the same day.
Its biggest inconvenience may be the costs because, although it is low risk, depending on the case it may require several hours of use of the Surgical Center.